If the corner of your toe looks red and swollen — and it’s also starting to hurt — you could have an ingrown toenail. The Arcadia Foot and Ankle team knows how painful ingrown toenails can be. They take care of the problem quickly so you can walk out without pain. There are two offices in Scottsdale and additional locations in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, so use online scheduling or call the office in your area now.
An ingrown toenail is a nail that’s partially buried under your skin. Most ingrown toenails affect the big toe, and they usually only happen in one corner of the nail.
Ingrown toenails are usually sore, and if untreated they can grow so painful that it’s hard to put your shoes on or even walk. Fortunately, the experienced Arcadia Foot and Ankle podiatry team can easily treat ingrown toenails in the office.
Ingrown toenails typically have:
If you don’t treat an ingrown toenail, it keeps growing into the skin. This greatly increases the risk of infection, which can cause additional issues like fluid leakage and a foul odor emanating from the nail.
There are a few simple measures you can take, including Epsom salt foot baths and topical antiseptics. But, if your symptoms don’t go away quickly, it’s time to see your Arcadia Foot and Ankle podiatrist.
Never try nail surgery at home. It’s not as easy to remove the embedded nail corner as it looks, as the nail often goes much deeper than you realize. Your podiatrist can remove the ingrown part of the nail safely if necessary.
Treatment depends on the severity of your ingrown toenail. For mild ingrown toenails without infection or serious symptoms, conservative care like a tiny splint to lift the nail may help.
If your ingrown toenail causes serious pain or is infected, the best treatment is usually partial nail removal. Your podiatrist numbs the corner of your toe and painlessly removes the section of nail that’s stuck under your skin.
If you have a history of ingrown toenails, your podiatrist may recommend partial nail removal along with a quick treatment to the nail bed. Applying a special chemical or laser energy can prevent that section of the nail from growing back.
After your procedure, be sure to follow all of the guidelines from your podiatrist to prevent future ingrown toenails. With small changes like trimming your nails in a straight line and wearing shoes with plenty of toe room, you can greatly reduce the risk of ingrown toenails.
If you have an ingrown toenail and want to get out of pain fast, call Arcadia Foot and Ankle or book your appointment with online scheduling now.